Colonial America brought to life at Kelmarsh Hall

Redcoats will be in battle at Kelmarsh Hall
Redcoats will be in battle at Kelmarsh Hall
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Visitors to Kelmarsh Hall will be transported to colonial North America this May Bank Holiday.

Over the course of Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26, the soldiers and civilians of re-enactment group New France Old England will welcome visitors into their 18th century tented encampment in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall.

Visitors will be able to experience the everyday life of those who lived during the times of colonial North America when Britain and France battled for control of a continent.

The conflict became known as the French and Indian War and was portrayed in the film the Last of the Mohicans.

This will be the first time NFOE will have performed at Kelmarsh Hall.

During the weekend there will be soldiers drilling and training for battle, civilians struggling to provide food for their families over smoky fires, and the chance for visitors to hear of the hardships, and excitement, of life in the 18th century.

Each day there will also be a demonstration of how the soldiers fought and how their weapons worked.

The highlight each day will be an exciting skirmish fought in Kelmarsh Hall’s beautiful 18th century landscape, when a little bit of England will be transported back in time to colonial North America.

Ian Castle, of NFOE, said: “The period known as the French and Indian War was one of the most colourful in history, with its great variety of uniform and costume.

“In our encampment you will find the famous British Redcoat, blue-coated French artillery soldiers, Canadian backwoods militia, drab-coated British scouts called Rangers, civilians and fearsome Native American warriors too.”

The weekend is perfect for all ages so bring the whole family along to see history brought to life.

Opening times are 11am to 5pm. Admission is £5.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3.50 for children (aged five to 14).

Please note that membership cards cannot be used during this weekend.

Other events coming up at Kelmarsh Hall

Tuesday, May 27

The Flower School: Seasonal Hand-Tied Bouquets

Join us for a fun, relaxed floristry workshop, where the emphasis is on having fun and creating your own masterpiece.

Time: 10am to 3pm

Cost: £95 per person. Includes all materials, lunch, refreshments and garden admission (please note that there is a booking fee of £1.50 for credit/debit card payments). Call 01604 686543 to book a place.

Thursday, June 12 and 26

Painting in the Garden

Painting in the Garden workshops offer artists of all abilities the chance to improve their skills, using the beautiful gardens at Kelmarsh as inspiration.

Workshops with local artist Maureen Smith run from May to September, so you can even capture the gardens throughout the changing seasons if you wish.

The sessions take place from 11am to 12 noon and 1pm to 2pm. The cost is £7.50 (or £12 for both sessions on the same day) which includes garden admission (please note that there is a booking fee of £1.50 for credit/debit card payments).

Some materials are provided but it is recommended that you bring your own that you are used to working with. Please bring along your own chair. Booking is essential - call 01604 686543 or email visitors@kelmarsh.com.

Tuesday, June 24

The Flower School: Pedestal Arrangement

Join us for a fun, relaxed floristry workshop, where the emphasis is on having fun and creating your own masterpiece.

Time: 10am - 3pm

Cost: £95 per person. Includes all materials, lunch, refreshments and garden admission (please note that there is a booking fee of £1.50 for credit/debit card payments). Call 01604 686543 to book a place.

Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29

Morris Minor Owners Club Rally

For more details visit www.mmoc.org.uk.

On June 29, the house will be open for tours between 2pm and 5pm. The tea room and gardens will be open as normal from 11am to 5pm.